HOUSTON – Houston Independent School District announced Wednesday that all schools are reopening and resuming face-to-face instruction on Thursday, following the temporary closure on Tuesday. The shutdown was due to confirmed positive or presumed positive COVID-19 cases.
The district said the affected schools have been deep cleaned and disinfected.
“Now that we have returned to face-to-face instruction, I wanted to provide you with an update about closure and cleaning procedures that are being implemented when we receive a report of a positive or presumptive positive case of COVID-19 on one of our campuses,” said HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan in a letter to parents.
She continued: “As we reviewed our processes in real-time on Monday and Tuesday, we have made some necessary adjustments that are in alignment with our latest guidance from the Houston Health Department.”
Here is an outline of the processes that campuses will follow:
One Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Case
- The campus will remain open and undergo cleaning and disinfection overnight.
- If a notice of the confirmed positive case is received after 5 a.m. when adequate advanced notice cannot be provided to parents, a campus will shelter in place for the day.
- Learning will continue as normal, with school dismissing and buses running as scheduled. However, students and staff will be required to remain in their assigned classrooms throughout the day and for lunch to limit movement and minimize contacts.
- Any infected or exposed students or staff must be notified, isolated and, if possible, sent home.
- At the end of the day, the shelter in place will be lifted and cleaning and disinfection will occur overnight.
Two or More Confirmed Positive Cases